Luke Steyn qualifies for Winter Olympics PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 January 2014 20:10

Luke Steyn will become the first athlete to represent Zimbabwe at the Winter Olympics after qualifying for the event to be hosted by Russia.

The Switzerland based Zimbabwean skier made history by becoming the first athlete to represent the country at the Winter Olympics after accruing the number of points required to compete at the tournament to be staged by Russia from the 7th of next month.

Although statistics on the International Ski Federation website indicate Steyn’s qualification for Sochi Russia, Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) CEO, Anna Mguni says her organisation is still awaiting official communication on the 21 year old’s qualification.  

According to the International Ski Federation Olympic point list released on Wednesday, Zimbabwe will for the first time be represented by Steyn at the Winter Olympics.

Steyn, who has reached the required points, will represent the country in the slalom and giant slalom categories.

With his goal of qualification having been realised, the Zimbabwean skier is expected to spend the next month preparing for the Olympics that runs from the 7th to the 23rd of next month.

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